Apple / Epic Games trial kicks off with arguments (and data)
The European Commission’s decision to send Apple a statement of objections on the grounds that it has “distorted competition in the music streaming market” was a setback for the company. But it came as another high-profile...
May 4, 2021
Apple’s new ‘App Tracking Transparency’ feature goes live
Apple’s latest software update for iPhones, iOS 14.5, is out, and it brings with it a feature that has been sparking debate across the digital advertising industry ever since it was announced. That feature is ‘App...
April 27, 2021
BBC Sounds app gets chilled-out ‘relax’ stream from Radio 1
In the UK, the BBC Sounds app started life as a smarter way to access on-demand radio shows from public-service broadcaster the BBC, as well as its growing stable of podcasts. However, BBC Sounds is quietly becoming a decent...
April 23, 2021
Facebook’s experimental NPE Team launches Hotline Q&A app
Another day, another ‘Clubhouse competitor’, and this one is the work of Facebook’s experimental apps team. Which means it’s getting plenty of headlines (yes, us too) and will probably get a few more...
April 8, 2021
Study shows how YouTube’s reach is growing in the US
The Pew Research Center has been surveying Americans on their social media usage, and found that… not much has changed. “YouTube and Facebook continue to dominate the online landscape, with 81% and 69%, respectively,...
April 8, 2021
Research firms highlight growth in wellness and fitness apps
Sensor Tower and App Annie are the two most high-profile research firms tracking the apps market. By a quirk of fate, both published some new stats yesterday around wellness and fitness apps – a current area of hot interest...
March 26, 2021
Yubo social app is a hit with Gen-Z – more than 45m of them
Parents are apparently getting in a bit of a flap about Yubo, because as tech site Protocol explains: “the app very openly wants young people to make new friends with strangers on the internet”. With a user base...
March 22, 2021
Google reduces its app sales cut for small developers
Apple’s 30% “app tax” (as critics like to call it) isn’t always 30%. It’s 15% for subscriptions once a subscriber has been paying for a year, and since November 2020 it has also been 15% for...
March 17, 2021
Kuaishou has 305m daily users – and now licensed music too
Chinese social videos app Kuaishou is huge: it has more than 760 million monthly active users, and 305 million daily active users. Now it has licensed music for those people to use. The company has signed a two-year deal...
March 12, 2021
Startup Sona launches ‘music therapy’ app for stress relief
If you want our tip for making life instantly 78% less stressful, mute the words ‘Harry’, ‘Meghan’ and ‘Piers Morgan’ on all your social apps. But if that fails, perhaps a new app called Sona is...
March 10, 2021
Facebook’s NPE Team launches a new music app called Bars
Facebook’s experimental studio NPE Team has launched its second music product: a video-sharing app called Bars, for rappers. It comes 10 months after the studio launched music-making app Collab. Available in the US...
March 1, 2021
Landr launches Sessions video calling app made for musicians
Having started life as an AI-powered mastering tool, Landr has expanded a lot in recent years: into distribution, for example. Its latest new service is called Sessions, not to be confused with the livestreaming startup of...
February 17, 2021